Yep - I'm in two minds with this tackle. As DrG says, could have gone either way. It might be my ageing eyesight but I can't see Pocock in contact with the ground so it looks like he was taken in the air and tipped - and another few degrees and Pocock would have landed on his head/neck. I'm the first to say "play on" with this type of tackle but in the context of some of the tackles players have been pinged for over the past few years and I think Haskell was lucky with this one.
I agree with you Dan. I think Nigel bottled the second warning at least. Parisse is a fantastic player but you sometimes get the impression he thinks this more than anyone. I never thought I would ever say this, but I don't think W.... Barnes would have let this go. Parisse was showing direct contempt of the referee ... and the refs reading of that play appeared spot on. Although Rarisse's a great player, he's a shit awful loser. And you'd have thought he would be well practiced at losing by now!!
Regarding the Hogg incident, that was in the Millenium stadium not Murrayfield as stated above. But please anyone else correct me, as a regular attendee at Murrayfield I can't remember any replays of contentious plays being shown to the crowd - they are only shown on the TV coverage. In fact it can be frustrating as you end up texting a mate watching the game on telly to find out if it was a fair decision or not.
Surely Hogg's ball? He kicked it ahead and there was no opposition. I think if it was me I would have picked Matawalu up and rammed him into the hoardings again!! Mind you, I did play prop so would have already been back on the halfway line waiting for the kick-off!! »